Tea caddy and sugar box

ARTIST / MAKER: Ivan Khlebnikov (maker)
DATE: 1894-1895 (made)
PLACE: Moscow (made)
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Silver, parcel-gilt and decorated in cloisonné enamel

This tea caddy and sugar box were both made by Ivan Khlebnikov, a silversmith and jeweller who established his firm in Russia in 1867. The company was very successful and specialised in the production of plique-à-jour and cloisonné enamel wares. The caddy and sugar box are applied with raised rope work with alternating panels of cloisonné enamel and silver-gilt finely engraved with four chinoiserie figures, demonstrating the continued fashion for chinoiserie motifs in Russia towards the end of the 19th century.